Man Bites Dog – Then Sues
Erin Sullivan, 33, of Phoenix is suing police after he was caught by a Phoenix police dog. He alleges that the dog violated his civil rights and that excessive force was used in his capture. He was being pursued by officers and a K-9 unit in Glendale during a burglary investigation.
After being stopped by the dog, he bit the dog back, injuring it. The lawsuit names four offices as well as the cities of Phoenix and Glendale. The lawsuits total $450,000. City officials in both cities have declined comment.
Sullivan also alleges Glendale police refused proper medical treatment by withholding insulin. Sullivan is diabetic. His lawyer claims Sullivan suffered a seizure while in custody in the Glendale jail.
Sullican is serving eight years for convictions in the Glendale burglary.